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Caring About the Whole
A Heart Centered Human Race for the Best in All
The Teilhard de Chardin Visionary Track for the Earth and Humanity
"Love is the affinity which links and
draws together the elements of the world... Love, in fact, is the agent
of universal synthesis."
Is Compassion Hard-Wired Into
the Human Genome?
New research flying in the face of many popular and not-so-forgiving
views about 'human nature' indicates there is an olfactory-based,
evolutionary mechanism built into the human genome/soul to feel empathy
for the anxiety/suffering of others.
fascinating study entitled "Induction of empathy by the smell of
anxiety," published in the journal of the Public Library of Science (PLoS)
in 2009, researchers discovered "The chemosensory perception of human
anxiety seems to automatically recruit empathy-related resources."
Smelling chemical signals from the sweat of anxious subjects elicited an
empathic response, even when the smell was below the threshold of
consciousness in half the subjects.
Empathy, in fact, has concrete and measurable therapeutic effects in
others. In 2009,
researchers found that practitioner empathy reduced the duration of
the common cold in their patients. Conversely, a negative and/or
indifferent attitude towards the patient has measurable adverse effects,
also known as the
Given that many believe empathy is not "hard-wired" into us, but rather represents a "higher faculty" in constant struggle with our "baser," fundamentally selfish instincts, this new research is all the more encouraging. Perhaps in light of it, it will be easier for those who do not experience compassion directly or often enough, either on the giving or receiving end, to come to appreciate its essential role in our past, present and future.
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